Clement, signed as a free agent this past offseason to help fill the void left by departing starters Pedro Martinez and Derek Lowe, has not pitched poorly his first two times, yielding five earned runs and 11 hits over 10 1-3 innings.
Though he did not receive a decision in either outing, the Red Sox lost both games, including a 4-3 setback at Toronto on Sunday.
Clement was reached for three runs and six hits, while striking out six and walking five, over six innings. He also hit a batter, and has issued eight walks in his two starts.
“It’s nothing alarming, but something that needs to be taken care of,” Clement said. “I feel like I’ve adjusted pretty well and I’m pretty close. But being close isn’t going to get the job done. I have to get to where I want to be.”
Perhaps Clement will follow the lead of David Wells, who earned his first win for Boston on Friday by shutting down the Devil Rays in an easy 10-0 victory. Wells, who had failed in his first two bids for a win, pitched seven strong innings and got plenty of support, including a grand slam from David Ortiz.
Mark Bellhorn had a two-run double to spark a seven-run, second-inning outburst as Boston won for the third time in four games.
Jorge Cantu extended his season-opening hitting streak to 10 games with a double in the first inning for Tampa Bay, which has lost four of five following a three-game winning streak.